Timothy M. Smith

Timothy M. Smith

AMA Affiliated Groups

Contributing News Writer,

Timothy contributes news stories on a freelance basis. He was a senior staff writer at the AMA from 2016 to 2017 and has more than 10 years’ experience writing about health care. He previously served as director of communications for Venice Family Clinic, the then-largest free clinic in the country, where he wrote extensively about accessibility of care, health care reform and health policy. He is a graduate of Indiana University.

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Health Equity

3 ways medical educators can help right wrongs of racism in medicine

Putting racial justice efforts into action requires persistence across the medical education continuum. Learn more with the AMA.

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Physician Health

Know these 7 steps for responding to physician suicide

A physician’s suicide can devastate colleagues left behind. Follow this expert guidance to help your organization navigate tragedy.

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Thousands of devices measure BP. Know which ones to trust.

Inaccurate BP readings can be dangerous. Learn about a website that lists devices to help patients measure blood pressure accurately at home.

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Accelerating Change in Medical Education

How medical education has gone from sore spot to bright spot

An important centenary caused the medical education community to take stock. What emerged from the AMA and innovative medical schools was transformative.

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How health care AI could help train tomorrow’s physicians

Health care AI, when properly used, holds promise for patients and physicians. Learn with the AMA how it can be integrated into physician training.

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How these health care organizations pave the way on BP control

Learn about physician practices and health care organizations nationwide that have won recognition for their commitment to tackling hypertension.

Health Equity

4 ways women physicians can better control career trajectory

Learn with the AMA how women physicians can identify opportunities to step into leadership roles, amplify their voices and mitigate doctor burnout.

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No COVID-19 vaccination, no care? Why that’s the wrong path

Physicians generally are obligated to care for patients, no matter their vaccination status. Learn about guidance from the AMA Code of Medical Ethics.

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